I’ve been wanting to create this Front Porch Hot Cocoa Bar and Porch Party for quite a while and finally I was able to do it! I don’t have a proper front porch at my house so my best friend Dara kindly lends me hers whenever I need a front porch “fix”! Isn’t she the best?! I love the idea of porch parties, do you? In days past, folks used to spend lots of time on the front porch but it seems that as our lives have gotten busier and busier we just don’t use them much any more. Well, I’m on a mission to change that! So, here’s my Front Porch Hot Cocoa Bar in all its glory to hopefully inspire you to head out front and pour a cup of Cocoa and relax a while…
Here’s a view of all the coziness I created for you to explore. Since it’s a Cocoa Party, let’s head over to the Hot Cocoa Bar first, shall we?
To begin, I’ve filled oversized jars with your choice of traditional cocoa powder with tiny mini marshmallows (of course!) or…
…White Chocolate powder if, like me, you are allergic to chocolate or perhaps you just want a change! I use Ghirardelli White Chocolate powder from Amazon if you’re curious…
Of course half the fun of bars like this are the toppings!
First, please help yourself to some mini-chocolate chips,
oh, and one of my personal favorites, peppermint mini marshmallows! I L-O-V-E these!! All of my toppings are nested in natural colored coffee filters – I like the ruffles but you have to be careful and group them tightly on a tray (or bowl) so they support each other otherwise all the toppings may roll away!
There are even some jumbo, super-overstuffed marshmallows!
Yum! And no party is complete without a little treat, right?
First there is an assortment of dark and white chocolate dipped marshmallows… some are topped with chopped nuts, mini snowflake sprinkles, and crushed peppermint….
Prefer something a little crunchy? How about these adorable Scotty shaped shortbread cookies? I love the little star shaped ones too! There are also peppermint, white chocolate covered pretzels. I love how Target has such a wide variety of holiday cookies available right now!
When creating food displays like this, I like to place things at varied heights and use interesting props like my vintage kitchen scale. I adore its rusted patina, I think it compliments this cozy scene beautifully.
Please sit a while and sip your cocoa and have fun exploring the hot cocoa bar! There’s still so much more to show you but I’ll save that for Monday! In the meantime, thanks for visiting my front porch hot cocoa bar!
Are you counting the days like I am? If so, there are 10 days ’til Christmas! We’re taking my daughter to have her photo taken with Santa today – I’m pretty excited!!
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